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Personal Growth Interview: Keri

I love Keri’s coffee. She expertly roasts her coffee with care and you can taste it in every cup. I start every weekday by making her coffee into a cappuccino and writing in my journal. It’s a great way to start my morning!

I love Keri’s coffee. She expertly roasts her coffee with care and you can taste it in every cup. I start every weekday by making her coffee into a cappuccino and writing in my journal. It’s a great way to start my morning!

This is my 1st interview with a mom-owned business owner in a series of interviews I will be doing on personal growth. It was super fun to sit down for coffee with the amazing Keri Elliott! She is a fabulous coffee roaster and I just met her a bit ago through the MOB (Mom Owned Business) group here in Beaverton, Oregon. My first impression of Keri was awesome when I met her at one of the meetups. I knew I had to talk to her because she was passionate about coffee and all that she does. I admire her for having the courage to step into creating her own coffee roasting company.

Keri started her business just this year and she has grown so much since then. I had the honor of asking her a few questions about her experiences. Here’s my interview with her:

What’s awesome right now?

Meeting someone like you (so sweet!) Gaining momentum and meeting people in the MOB.

What’s been your biggest challenge?

Trying to do everything all at once- book-keeping, roasting and more! If I would be able to clone myself, that would be great. That’s what a startup is like.

What advice would you give to someone deciding to start out in business/a new venture?

Research and practice. I started with a cheap $6 air popper. Start small. Learn and embrace the process. Really educate yourself. Learn the behavior of the beans and how they roast. Take everything day by day.

Who is your best support?

Family and friends are my biggest support & my co-workers. People that care about me are going to support me the most.

If you feel fear, how do you step past it?

When I put my mind to something, I go full force. There can be a person that can say “you can’t”, I take the “I can’t” into “I can” and turn it into something. You have to say “F-it” and keep going and doing what you do best.

What’s the scariest growth step you’ve taken so far?

Stepping out of my comfort zone. In order for you to know that you’re growing, you have to get out of your comfort zone. At my first MOB meetup I got this vibe that there’s a special group of women here. You have to make that move and you may rise or fall but you at least have the experience to look back on it.

Why did you decide to invest in yourself?

It was time for me to do something, because it got to a point in which I was investing in everyone else- my family and others. I knew I had an entrepreneurial spirit. I knew I wanted to do something with coffee. I’m at a point where it’s time to follow my dream and follow my passion.

Clearing Your Path

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This whole month of September my intention has been one of clearing, growth and learning. When you are on the path to something big, lots of things that are in your way need to be cleared away. Those things are not just physical items blocking your path to growth and change, (although that’s what I help clients and myself with all of the time), they can also be in the form of:

  • digital obstacles

  • old accounts

  • old mindsets

  • old paperwork

  • old intentions

  • online clutter

  • lack of accountability/mindfulness

  • groups that aren’t working for you

This past week was a major clearing week. It can feel wonderful once the process is over, but during the process it can be daunting and scary to your mind at times. When we truly face our things whether they are physical items, digital items or things we are doing or have promised others we come up against growing pains. It is like we are starting to become a new person, clearing away the layers and learning where to walk on our new path.

Here are the items that I cleared away or started on last week (sometimes clearing can be starting something new, like if you had an intention of doing something, then finally did it, that clears away that “to do” item):

  • I let go of a group I had been in for my business for the past few months. This was a very tough choice for me because I really connected with everyone in this group. We will all stay connected, remain friends and get together sometimes, but still this was a hard choice. I had found that the focus of this group was mostly on “pop up shops” and opportunities to sell items, however I was one of the only service businesses in the group so I felt that I would be better served joining a wider group of women business owners in the area that has a mix of services and products so I could do more networking and collaborate more. It was very hard to let go of this group even though I know it was the right choice for me and my business. This feels great because I can still support my dear friends in this group!

  • I joined a new business group and went to my second meetup with that group last week. It was awesome and it cleared my path even more to my intentions because it had been on my “to do” list for so long. It felt good to take that step forward on my path. This feels awesome because I can be part of a large, successful group and we can support each other!

  • My next step forward in clearing was to open my new business account for Joyful Minimalism officially at the local credit union. I had gotten my LLC set up and my tax ID number, but I had yet to open my new account. This felt like another step forward on my path. My next step here is to clear out by closing down 2 old business accounts that I no longer use. This will really clear my path forward. It feels amazing to take ownership of my resources here!

  • Another step I took to clear my path last week was to set a clear budget, clear away any old expenses for my old business I no longer needed by canceling those accounts and set up a system for depositing certain amounts into checking and savings each time I am paid from a client. Taking clear responsibility for sticking to these rules and setting up this system feels amazing!

  • I have decided that each month I will go to at least 2 meetups with my new business groups and set up at least 1 coffee meet up with a member of that group each month. I am on track to attend at least 2 meetups this month and I have 2 coffee meetings scheduled. That feels great! This clears my path to abundance and growth!

  • To clear my path with good health I decided to visit the podiatrist last week and as a result of his advice I have set up an appointment to have a procedure done to remove both big toenails that have experienced trauma due to bumping into things and the nails have grown thick. This will put me clearly on the road to recovery with my feet and will clear my path to healthy toenails and feet once again. This clears my path to taking the best care of my feet always because my work with clients and at home for my family involves me being on my feet a lot. I am truly thankful for this step in clearing because it means I will also take a mini-vacation off of my feet in mid-October for a few days to recover and rest. This feels amazing!

  • The last item of clearing last week was to sign up for and start studying 2 certification courses from an online design school. I am studying Professional Organizing (more in depth) and also Aging in Place to help seniors live safely and happily in their own homes. This feels amazing because I will be able to further practice my craft, learn even more to help current and future clients and I will be able to help seniors in my community!

I would love to hear from you how you are clearing your path to success? I know that each person’s path differs and the obstacles differ as well. One person may have more physical clutter in their path and another may have more digital clutter or intentional clutter (items on a to-do list), however whatever you can clear from your path will help you keep taking those steps forward.

Joyful Minimalism:

If you are ready to explore your things but need support and would like to work with me one on one, feel free to reach out to me by email and I can send you a client survey and set up a call with you. I can work with local clients and long distance clients.

I have 2 consultations to choose from that help guide us to how I can best help you de-clutter your space. I also have an hourly rate after that for me to de-clutter and organize your space in a detailed manner.

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A New Day, A New Outlook!

Rising Up Again!

Just a little while ago, a bit more than a week ago I finally began to feel that the fog had lifted from the dark cloud of letting the coffee shop go and moving on to create a new path. I think many times it is ok to let ourselves be sad, to feel the feelings, to feel like not moving on quite yet. I had to be in this state for a while because it helped me to become stronger and to move on. 

I feel like I am a wildflower seed that has been germinating in the ground all winter and now it is spring. I have taken time to rest, to read books, to journal, to drink lots and lots of tea, to dream, to think and to invite in all of the possibilities. Luckily, my "winter" has only been about 1 month. I really think I had some mild depression, a mild sadness and gloom filtered all that I saw for a while having to do with my life's work, my business and who I am. 

We invest so much and we put so much value on what we do in our day to day lives, how we use our talents, how we advance in our careers and chosen jobs and paths. It was good for me to take a forced "break" of sorts to really sort out what brings me pure joy. This is something I feel really blessed to have been able to do. At first, the closing of the shop seemed like a disaster. It felt like I was failing if I couldn't save it. I felt that I had not done all that I could have done. Now, when I look back at it, I see that it was a huge gift. The closing gave me a chance to really be quite, still and look within myself for my next path. 

At first, it felt as if I were moving backwards on the board game of life. Here I was, back at home, not cooking and baking for people every day. Not doing my life's work, my calling, not tapping into daily creativity. However, just like a forest fire allows new seeds to sprout and new life to emerge, this chapter had to die, to come to an end, in order to spring back into life again. Taking the time to stop, to ponder, to find my joy again brought me back to my true home.

I have discovered my joy is in the creation of beautiful works of art through food. I realize that all along there was a reason that I went to school and took lots of art classes to pursue my degree in Graphic Design. With all of the art courses that I took, the one that most captured my joy was a sculpture class. I really loved how the teacher taught us to to look differently at materials, to capture a feeling, a moment in our sculptures. That is one of the classes I was best at and it surprised me so much. 

On this journey I have daydreamed about creating the milky way galaxy in meringue- both from space and from Earth. I dream of the magical colors I will paint it and the spirit it will capture. I know that everything starts with a dream and a vision and I am so very lucky to have found mine again. You will be seeing lots of delicious art from me in the coming days and weeks. I hope to make your day sweet, your celebration magical!